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should think it necessary when the disputes are finish'd will
continue. I have Acquainted Capt Brown, with every thing I
yet said to the Indians & every thing I gave them all which he
approved of. I think he cannot refuse signing my Accts. as he
can have no other pretext than sometimes not seeing the presents
deliverd. that was always his fault not mine. but as I have
reported to him even the most minute Article of Expense &c.
think he wont refuse. I am sure he's partly the cause of their
being so large, the Indians being already Alarm'd at the pre-
cautions he's taking. Knowing what Indians comes in or where they
are going where they sleep &c.

I hope Sir, you will be thouroughly satisfied with my
beheavior & write to the General Accordingly. on whom, I think
Col. Maitlands. Interest he depends to have the Sole Authority
To avoid being too sanguine & offending the Commanding { some type of damage to the side of the page}
I adress him by Letter besides I have found his memory {seal damage to the side of the page, but I think the missing word is probably "fails"}
him so wont trust it again

I am almost weary of my Existance with Sickness. rheuma-
tik pains & Swelld head. besides every underhand means taken
to suppress any part of yr. Authority I may attempt to enforce
These arguments I hope will plead an excuse for the tediousness
and precision of the many Sheets. [I now trouble you with. & assure
you that nothing would equal the pain of thinking you did
not look upon me as one of the most faithfull & affectionate
of the Numbers you have oblidge'd & who will remain

Your most obedient humble servent B
B Roberts

{Written to the left of the signature}
P.S. Sir
I am more convinced every
day. a Chief cause of Jealousy
against me is, my having
no recommendation from John
son Hall. he has mentioned likewise
to DeConagne his surprise. it did not happen

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christiank

At the end, Roberts mentions that he has no recommendation from "Johnson Hall." This is a reference to Sir William Johnson, the Superintendent of Indian Affairs in New York at the time. Johnson Hall was the name of his home.